Pictured Below: Diane Rudholm, Mary Henry, Julie Imarah, Brandee Chase, Ann Hindes, Amy Drilling.
Compassion Home Raises Funds, Awareness.
By Ken DeLaat
I have known a lot of nurses in my time. I’ve worked with them, sat on boards and committees with several, been friends with many and have had the privilege of being married to one for over 4 decades (a nurse, mind you whose Mother and Aunt were nurses before her so the creed is steeped in family tradition).
While never claiming to know more than a smattering of what creates these wonderful folks, there are some things that are just understood, like when there is a problem that needs solving, a puzzle to be unraveled, a gap in service that needs to be addressed or other pressing issue, if it is put in the hands of nurses who have decided on a course of action it will most certainly be done.
So when a group of nurses saw the need for...
...a home for the terminally ill, a safe supportive and loving environment for those who are facing the end of life stages, they decided to look into how this might happen.
“Ann (LaPres-Hindes) read about the Mother Teresa Home in Lansing and we decided to go visit,” said Amy Drilling one of the nurses behind the initiative.
On a snow driven stormy day the two ventured on despite the weather and took a tour of the facility.
“We came away just amazed and excited at what they were doing, the level of compassion and care given to all who entered their doors,” Ms. Drilling stated.
Sharing their enthusiasm with others who had been part of the discussion the group got rolling and formed a nonprofit organization called the Newaygo County Compassion Home for the Terminally Ill.
Joined in their efforts by community members and looking to secure funding for a facility as well as building sustainability the group kicked off what they hope to be a successful fundraising campaign on Friday May 20th with an event at the Dogwood Center. A light fare was served and Ms. LaPres-Hindes addressed the crowd delivering the mission the group has taken on and the message the group hopes will inspire the donations and gifts they seek to make their dream a reality.
“We believe care of the dying to be an act of mercy that our community will embrace and support as a worthy endeavor,” she stated.
It is the goal of the group to establish a cost-free volunteer-staffed home for all who are in need while partnering with other agencies to provide care for this sensitive stage of life.
The event proved successful in helping the organization gain some traction in their quest and now the group will be looking at the next step in achieving their goal.
And achieve their goal, they will.
After all, these are nurses.
I certainly wouldn’t bet against them.
For information on Compassion Home and how to help you can go to their facebook page, send an email to nc.compassionhome, or call 231.519.3771.